Songahm Martial Arts Academy is based upon Christian principals and strives to ensure the complete development of each of our students. We focus on life skills and leadership development, along with our innovative Tiny Tigers program, for children ages 3 - 6 years old, and our critically acclaimed Legacy program that builds future ATA instructors. We are committed to our community and we are committed to developing the next generation of servant leaders. Always Take Action (ATA).
Like any martial art properly taught and properly practiced, Taekwondo is a non-agressive and ethical system of self-defense. Taekwondo developed from humble beginnings over 1,000 years ago and has since spread internationally to become one of the world's most successful and popular martial arts. Its practitioners enjoy physical and mental discipline, as well as excellent fitness and the ability to defend themselves if necessary. Taekwondo is not only a combat sport, but is also a way of life for enthusiasts around the globe. The word Taekwondo itself is made up of three Chinese/Korean words: Tae, meaning to kick or jump; Kwon, meaning fist or hand; and Do, which means "the way." Loosely (if not literally), it can be thought of as "The Way of the Hand and Foot." While famous for its wide range of kicks, Taekwondo also emphasizes breaking power, such as splitting wood and bricks using only the bare hands and feet. Training involves a variety of techniques, to include punching, kicking, dodging, jumping, parrying and blocking. Taekwondo also focuses on sparring and learning formal patterns of movement called forms. The style of Taekwondo supported by the ATA is known as Songahm Taekwondo, a style specifically developed over 20 years' time by Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee to make it accessible to anyone willing to learn, and to truly reflect Taekwondo and the strength and beauty of its kicking techniques.
Eternal Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee's martial arts training began in 1953 and he received his black belt in 1954. In 1962, he moved from South Korea to the United States and opened a Taekwondo school in Nebraska.
Seven years later, he formed the American Taekwondo Association (ATA), which quickly become the largest martial arts organization in America, boasting approximately 120,000 members and 800 schools. In 1983, Lee copyrighted Songahm Taekwondo.
The organization is internationally headquartered in Little Rock and has called the state capital home since 1977. With active membership exceeding 300,000 worldwide, ATA is one of the world's largest martial arts organization dedicated to the discipline of Taekwondo.
ATA is a pioneer in the martial arts industry because of its unique style and high quality of curriculum and instructors.
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